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Below are responses I received regarding Christmas/holiday novels that are
not overwhelmingly religious:


Why not acquire 12 different picturebooks illustrating Diwali, Hanukkah, 

Kwanza, Posados, Little Christmas (Italy) non-religious types such as "A 

wish for wings starring opus" and the christian viewpoint in order to 

have the students find similarities such as the use of candles as light 

at the darkest time of year?  


Last year, one of our teachers used The House Without A Christmas Tree and 

showed the TV movie that was made of it.


What Child is This:  A Christmas Story by Caroline Cooney & The Last Holiday
Concert by Andrew Clements could work.  I haven't read the Clements book,
but he is a good writer and the age level should be right.


A great book is by Cynthia Rylant - The Children of Christmas.  All
spiritual, but not necessarily mentioning Christmas per se.


Rogers, Kenny. 


New York : HarperCollins, 2002. 

IL 5-8, RL 6.1 

ISBN 006000746X


What about the gift of the Magi?


"Mary On Horseback" by Rosemary Wells.  It's a 

biography of the woman who started the Volunteer Nurses in the Appalachian 

Region--Mary Breckinridge.  Each of the three stories in the slim volume 

(50-60 p.?) is told by the people she helped.


Gary Paulsen's "Christmas Sonata"? or The Promise by an author I cannot


Charles Dickens' _A Christmas Carol_



Angie Johnson

Library Media Specialist

Lakeshore Middle School

1459 W. John Beers Ave.

Stevensville, MI 49127



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